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May 27, 2004

Post database citations in your blog!

Using Movable Type's bookmarklet functionality, it is now possible to post citations from Find It Enabled databases directly into your blog at the click of a button. To see an example of how this works, visit my test blog: snackeru playground.

Why would you want to use your blog to keep track of citations? Here are a few possibilities:

  • Once you've saved a Find It URL in your blog, you can easily locate it again using your blog's search or categorization functionality.
  • Categorize citations on your blog based on class, assignment, or area of research, or create a blog just for your research citations.
  • Thanks to UThink's date manipulation functionality, use your blog as a class reading list.
  • With Find It URLs saved on your blog, copyright is taken care of and any affiliated U of M - TC user that reads your blog will automatically have off campus access.
  • Share citiations you've found with colleagues who are interested in your research.

To use blogs in this way, first log into your UThink blog. Then do some research in a Find It enabled database. When you find a citation you would like to keep, click on the Find It icon. Find the menu option "Post this citation to your blog on UThink." From there you can post the citation to your blog, and make comments on the citiation.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments at

Posted by snackeru at 03:19 PM

May 24, 2004

How do I change what my blog looks like?

I have written a new "Templates" page to give people that would like to change the appearance of their weblog(s) a better idea of how to do so. Essentially, the easiest way to change the layout and colors of your site is to change the Stylesheet of your blog. Thanks to styles available from Movable Style, UThink now offers 10 distinct styles ready for you to plug into your blog:

  • Clean
  • Trendy
  • Georgia
  • Gettysburg
  • Rusty
  • Plain Jane
  • Typepad Thin
  • Plain Blue
  • Mac Stripe
  • Matrix Code
  • Simply follow the instructions at the top of the Templates page to implement one of these styles, or visit Movable Style for more choices.

    You may also be wondering why the UThink default template is so dull or why it doesn't contain the U of M wordmark or the block "M." University policy prohibits these symbols of the University from appearing on web pages that are personal in nature. Obviously blogs can be very personal!

    Finally, if you have any skill with CSS and/or HTML please consider using that skill to create new templates for UThink! If you have a style you'd like to share, or if you are thinking about creating a new style for the UThink system, please email

    Posted by snackeru at 04:04 PM